The aeronautics sector also offers good prospects for Alenia Aermacchi – on 1 January 2012 Alenia Aeronautica and Aermacchi become Alenia Aermacchi – currently keeping a close eye on the requirements expressed by the Indian Air Force for a tactical transport aircraft and by the Indian Coast Guard to update its fleet of maritime patrol aircraft.
The C-27J, tactical transport aircraft manufactured by Alenia Aermacchi, with its special characteristics (multi-function and take-off and landing capabilities from and on semi-prepared runways), represents an excellent solution for the Indian Air Force’s requirements. The C-27J is capable of performing many missions such as the transport of troops, goods and medicines, MEDEVAC (Medical Evacuation), airdrop operations, search and rescue (SAR), logistical supply, humanitarian assistance, fire fighting and missions in support of homeland security.
Alenia Aermacchi is also very interested in the requirement expressed by the Indian Coast Guard for a new medium-range aircraft for maritime patrol. For this role, Alenia is proposing the ATR 72 MP, an excellent fit for the program. The aircraft offers extremely low operational costs for all maritime patrol roles including: search and identification of surface ships, SAR missions, counter drug, piracy, smuggling, environment protection and EEZ (Exclusive Economic Zone) patrol.
The ATR 72 MP can also lauch paratroopers and perform cargo transport and humanitarian and health evacuation roles. With proper configuration implementation and with the integration of specific sensors and systems, the aircraft can also fulfil the Anti-Submarine Warfare role. Alenia Aermacchi has also achieved considerable success in the country with the regional aircraft produced by ATR (an equal joint venture between Alenia Aermacchi and EADS): about 100 such aircraft are in service with the main Indian national airlines.
Alenia Aermacchi is capable of providing the market with a complete training system, optimised for the different military pilots’ training phases, including aircraft, ground-training system and integrated logistic support. The wide range of aircraft responds to each training phase: the SF-260E and the SF-260TP for the basic training, the M-345, light basic-advanced trainer and the innovative advanced trainer M-346 – the most modern currently available on the market and purposefully conceived to train pilots who have to fly on latest-generation military aircraft, able to meet the requirements of the most sophisticated Air Forces.
Alenia Aermacchi is also active in the fast growing field of Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) for the civil and defense markets, with an extensive range of proprietary dual-use technologies matured through demonstrators and research programmes, enabling the development of a new MALE (Medium Altitude Long Endurance) UAS product, certifiable, full-redundant, all-composite, with flexible payload capacity, available in the short-term as a starting point to satisfy the peculiar needs of any customer. At DefExpo, Alenia Aermacchi will be exhibiting the models of the C-27J, the ATR 72 MP and the Eurofighter Typhoon.